cm-c Chloé Macary-Carney
The Woman Cave for Milton Keynes

The Woman cave was proposed for the Festival for Creative Urban Living, and won an honorable mention. Jury’s comment: Spaces are gendered, the role of design, the balance of power – this strong proposal evoked strong debate amongst Jury members.


The Woman Cave is a temporary, nomad, experimental, open and public structure that facilitates the inclusion of people while hinting at the past, the present and creating a brighter future.


The proposal was to occupy various in-between unbuilt spaces and obsolete built spaces in Milton Keynes to spark a discussion with locals and together create the unbuildable.


The woman cave applies to all three concepts of the Festival of Creative Urban Living;

- It considers the built, proposing a new way to occupy and use public spaces that may become obsolete once the pedestrian zone is activated. T

- the unbuilt, as it is a flexible, nomad, temporary space  inviting people to stay, meet and interact.

- the unbuildable; it is designed as a tool for creating a future where space welcomes all genders, colors, ages, and physical/mental capabilities.




FRAMEWORK A Festival for Creative Urban Living

CONTEXT Milton Keynes, UK

DATE 04/2019

Locals and visitors would build the woman cave modules together. The act of building together can serve as a healing social moment of creation and exchange where people from different backgrounds and generations come together as equals in the face of a common objective.

Inside the cave, people share and listen to one another. This creates a new community, a new society, and therefore connects this proposal to the theme of the unbuildable, with the utopian hope of creating a more empathic society.

Locals and visitors would move the cave to the unbuilt areas of Milton Keynes, occupying spaces that are too often unwelcoming and unsafe for women. Big empty public spaces are perceived as more dangerous for women than men, where it is more easy for men to assert a territorial dominance. Installing the woman cave is therefore a form of protest and self assertion.

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